Birdtalker, "Free Like a Broken Heart"
Nashville outfit Birdtalker discover a "garage-folk" sound in their satisfying new song, which has a loose playfulness not often heard in Americana. Tinkling piano, jangly guitar and a call-and-response vocal from husband-and-wife songwriting duo Zack and Dani Green take "Free Like a Broken Heart" out of the coffeeshops and into the bar. "My first reaction is to get pissed, yeah to resist like I can change what is," sings Zack of encountering life's roadblocks. It's infectious and sprightly, proof that songs about hardship needn't always be dour. J.H.